October 8, 2013 in Idaho

Post Falls man accused of murdering girlfriend

From staff reports

Christopher W. Thompson, dressed in a red and white jumpsuit, appears in court by video feed Tuesday on the charges of first-degree murder.
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A Post Falls man is accused of beating his live-in girlfriend then killing her by slitting her throat.

Christopher W. Thompson, 44, was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of first-degree murder after police found his girlfriend, Deborah A. Willette, dead in their home. He could face the death penalty if found guilty.

Barry McHugh, prosecuting attorney for Kootenai County, said Willette was found with substantial bruising and scrapes, indicating a struggle prior to the slaying.

A magistrate judge set Thompson’s bail at $1 million at a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Investigation into the incident is ongoing, Post Falls police chief Scot Haug said, and an autopsy was performed this morning.

Police went to the home in the area of Compton Street and Seltice Way after a caller requested a welfare check around 4:40 p.m. on Monday.

When no one answered knocks at the door, police forced their way inside and found the woman dead on the floor.

A close friend who asked not to be named said the two had been dating for about three years.

The victim recently visited her with a broken arm, claiming she’d been injured in a car accident, the friend said.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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